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Criminal charges possible in Grenfell Tower fire in London, inquiry hears

London police are considering a variety of criminal charges related to the June fire at Grenfell Tower that left 71 people dead.

Manslaughter charges the most serious of those being considered, police say

Smoke rises from the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment block in North Kensington, London on June 14. Officials believe 71 died as a result of the blaze, with hundreds displaced. (Will Oliver/EPA-EFE)

London police are considering a variety of criminal charges related to the June fire at Grenfell Tower that left 71 people dead.

Police told an inquiry Monday that the possible charges include misconduct in public office, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety regulation.

No one has yet been charged.

Jeremy Johnson, lawyer representing the police at the inquiry, said the scope of the investigation was "unprecedented" in a case that did not involve an extremist attack.

He said police are studying 31 million documents and 2,500 exhibits.

Johnson spoke at a hearing spelling out how a detailed inquiry into the disaster will be carried out.

Officials say the goal is to make sure there is never a repeat of the catastrophe.

The official death toll was placed at 71, officials announced last month.

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